Earlier this month, Los Angeles, California, became the first city in the country to add a firefighting robot to the ranks of the Fire Department, and it's already proven its metal on the front lines. Weighing about 3,500 pounds and about the size of a Smart Car, it can deploy 2,500 gallons of water per minute. It is controlled by a handheld remote from a safe distance, and has a high definition video stream so it can be easily maneuvered through difficult conditions, like the interior of burning buildings.
It's narrow enough to pass through double-doors, or can crash through a wall. "We can fight the fire from inside," LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said. adding that the robot is a "game-changer" for his team.